We have been showing our wines since our first vintage, 2004 for the red wines and the 2005 Chardonnay. Over that time we have had a lot of success.
To date our wines have won over 100 Medals and 16 Trophies at wine shows in Australia.
We do not put medal and trophy labels on our wines – to us, this misses the value of shows. We believe that a winery’s cumulative performance in wine shows, across vintages and varieties, is one of the most valid indicators of its level of quality – not one off performances.
Shows do not get it right every time and we know that the tastes of many wine consumers may differ to those of the judges in a particular show. What wine shows do well is to bring together a team of experienced wine people to taste wines completely blind – not knowing where any wine is from or who produced it. The team makes consensus decisions,
As Winston Churchill said of democracy - “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
It’s a bit like that with wine shows – not perfect or all-wise but overall the best indicator available. But don’t get hung up whether a wine has a medal or not – it’s your judgement that matters.